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2014 Hyundai Azera
NADAguides Test Drive Review
Overall Score

55/70

Pros

Comfortable and roomy, well-appointed, attractive interior and exterior styling, and pleasing driving characteristics.

Cons

The infotainment system's voice recognition feature is unreliable, and the fuel economy could be better .

What's new for 2014

For 2014, as a result of adding a second (Base) trim level to the lineup, Azera pricing has been reduced, and the Limited trim level is improved with power-folding side mirrors, and a larger touchscreen for its infotainment system. Also, in the interest of achieving improved feel, Hyundai has re-tuned the Azera's steering system.

Exterior Impressions

With its aerodynamically-oriented silhouette, highly-styled beltline, tightly pulled back corners, prominent front-end lighting, dual sculpted chrome exhaust outlets, and 19", ten-spoke alloy wheel and tire package, the exterior styling on the Hyundai Azera is certainly competitive with most of the other selections in this full-size, mid-priced sedan class. The overall design works, as it is modern, relatively fresh, and fairly elegant; luxury is clearly suggested, and perhaps to a lesser degree, sport. Exterior fit and finish on the Azera appear to be very good, which is becoming more and more common with Hyundai products.

Exterior Features

The 2014 Hyundai Azera Limited is powered by a 3.3 liter V6 engine, and its 293 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque are sent to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Azera rides on a fully independent suspension, and it has an electrically-assisted power steering system. At each corner are disc brakes, and 19" alloy wheels that are fitted with 245/40 R19 tires; this upgraded wheel and tire combination is part of our test vehicle's optional Premium Package. There are HID xenon headlights, heated and power-folding side mirrors (with integrated turn indicators), and chrome-tipped dual exhaust outlets. The door handles have buttons that activate the Azera's keyless entry system.

Exterior Summary
Fit&Finish
4/5
Styling
4/5
AttentionToDetail
4/5
Interior Impressions

Like its exterior, the Azera's interior also gets high marks, as it offers comfortable and supportive seats, plenty of front and rear legroom, very good ergonomics and outward visibility, and a cavernous trunk. Interior surfaces are contemporarily styled, and their materials, along with the switchgear, have a nice, above-average-quality feel to them. The infotainment system is intuitive to use, and it exhibits good sound quality, but its voice recognition feature performed poorly; we gave up after four unsuccessful attempts of trying to enter our home and office addresses - the system did not even come close. Lastly, the panoramic moonroof is a great feature, but a venting setting with the shade mostly closed would be a welcome improvement. As the moonroof functions now, when the vent is open, the shade is fully retracted, and on a sunny, warm day, the heat that radiates through the glass can make things inside the Azera uncomfortable.

Interior Features

Inside, the 2014 Hyundai Azera Limited comes with power windows and door locks, keyless entry, push button engine start, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror (with built-in HomeLink and compass), and an electroluminescent gauge cluster with a color LCD trip computer. Seating surfaces are leather-trimmed; up front are power-adjustable seats with heating, ventilation, and memory (this memory function also stores side mirror and the power-adjustable steering column settings), and in the rear is a split fold-down seat (60/40) with heating. The steering wheel is leather wrapped, and it has integrated buttons for the phone, cruise control, and infotainment systems. Infotainment consists of a 550 watt, Infinity Logic 7 surround sound audio system with AM/FM radio, HD Radio, CD/MP3, and Sirius Satellite Radio access, an 8" touchscreen navigation system, and Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system. For connectivity, there is Bluetooth, a USB port, and an auxiliary input jack. To this standard equipment, our test Azera's Premium Package adds a panoramic moonroof, a power rear sunshade, manual rear side window sunshades and a rear parking assistance system.

Interior Summary
Ergonomics
4/5
Technology Effectiveness
3/5
Audio/Entertainment
4/5
Materials
4/5
Comfort and Romminess
5/5
Driving Impressions

In terms of overall driving experience, it's hard to fault the 2014 Hyundai Azera in any significant way. The Azera does a very good job at exhibiting what the typical buyer of a full-size, mid-priced (fairly upscale) sedan is looking for: an extremely smooth and compliant ride, good acceleration and passing ability, a responsive and smooth-shifting automatic transmission, average or better cornering ability and steering feel, competent braking performance, and a well-isolated, quiet cabin while underway. This all being said, our observed fuel economy was lower than expected, but this can be at least partially attributed to a test route that weighed more heavily on city driving, than on highway driving.

MPG Experienced

18.6 MPG

Driving Impressions Summary
NVH
4/5
Steering
3/5
Braking
4/5
Power/Acceleration
4/5
Handling
4/5
Overall Score
4/5

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